Jan. 6 rioter photographed in Pelosi’s office sentenced to 4.5 years in prison
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that Barnett was photographed with his foot on a desk in former Speaker Pelosi’s office. We regret the error.
A Jan. 6 rioter who was photographed with his foot on a desk in former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) office amid the attack on the Capitol was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison Wednesday, according to the Justice Department.
Richard “Bigo” Barnett, 62, was convicted in January of four felonies and four misdemeanors related to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, including obstructing an official proceeding and carrying a dangerous weapon in a restricted building.
Barnett found his way into Pelosi’s office amid the riot, where he left an expletive-laden message for the then-Speaker and stole an envelope. The photo of Barnett in Pelosi’s office would become one of the most well-known images from the day.
As he handed down Barnett’s sentence on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper noted that the Arkansas man had not taken any responsibility for his actions, CBS News reported.
“While you may regret having gone there that day, you have so far not shown any acceptance of responsibility,” Cooper said.
Barnett claimed at his sentencing hearing that he “wasn’t treated fairly,” adding that “they want me to be remorseful for things I did not do,” according to CBS News.
— Updated 10:05 p.m.
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